Food is meant to fuel our bodies, but did you know that some ingredients commonly found in foods can actually be considered toxic? Nutrition labels can be very deceiving, so you should always be sure you have an idea of what to look out for. Read them carefully and watch out for our top 4 ingredients to always steer clear of!
1. Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes are up to 700 times sweeter than natural sugar and boost your cravings even more – all while filling your body with chemicals. Remember that these can be disguised on a label in many ways – such as aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose just to name a few. These sweeteners can be even more addictive than the real thing!
2. High Fructose Corn Syrup
This popular sugar can be found everywhere: cereals, candy, condiments, dressing, breads, yogurts, soda…the list goes on. But HFCS can contribute unwanted and empty calories that are linked to weight gain, diabetes, and high triglyceride levels – all of which boost your risk of heart disease.
3. Artificial Colorings
Blue, green, red and yellow dyes all have been linked to thyroid, adrenal, bladder, kidney, and brain cancers. Commonly found in foods such as baked goods, candy, ice cream and beverages – be sure to steer clear and instead look for color-free, natural foods.
4. Sodium Nitrates and Sodium Nitrites
These preservatives are found in processed meats such as deli meat, bacon, and hot dogs. They’re believed to be linked to colon cancer and metabolic syndrome – which can lead to diabetes. Always choose fresh, organic meats over these additives!
Keep these tips in mind and on hand the next time you hit the grocery store. And a rule of thumb: if you have no idea what one of the mystery ingredients on a label is – put it back on the shelf where it belongs!